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Gary Sinise narrates this exciting, harrowing tale of a pivotal 1944 WWII aerial attack....
Acorn Media / 180 Minutes / 2011 / Unrated / Street Date: August 27, 2013
Missions That Changed the War: Germany's Last Ace is history military TV programming at its most blatantly addictive. For those of us who have marginal WWII knowledge from high school history and how it played into the war, these episodes are both slightly familiar and wonderfully rich in information. They take the glorified blurb of vague scholastic memory and turn it into captivating entertainment.
Much of this has to be contributed to the reliable gravitas of Gary Sinise’s narration. There may not be anything specifically nuanced going on here in terms of artistic endeavor, but Sinise’s deep voice nevertheless makes the events at hand here seem of deep importance – even the marginalia associated with the imperative air attacks of May 12, 1944 documented here feel like imperative drama of the highest regard.
Germany's Last Ace isn't the kind of TV-on-DVD set that even history buffs return to with frequency, but as a one-time viewing experience, this latest Missions That Changed the War compilation is unquestionably engaging. Featuring interviews with surviving members, in-depth analysis of the engineering that went into the planning of the thing, and an innately soaring wartime narrative, this is excellent escapist documentary fare.